Wild Elephant Decides To Help Himself To Some Hay
"The elephant came out from the trees and made the driver stop."
When a wild elephant in Thailand's Khao Yai National Park had a craving, he knew just how to satisfy it.
This week, according to witnesses, the elephant emerged from the forest and obstructed the truck's path by just standing there. Then he went ahead and grabbed a bale from the top of the stack on the truck.
''I don't know how the elephant knew the truck would be there carrying hay," Kanchit Srinappawan, the park's chief, observed. "He may have sensed it or saw them approaching in the distance ... The elephant came out from the trees and made the driver stop then grabbed the hay.''
Srinappawan added that this is a rare occurrence in the area. But it isn't rare in many parts of Asia and Africa for elephants to come close to people because of habitat loss and fragmentation. Sometimes this close proximity can even cause deadly conflict.
Luckily, in this case, drivers along the road let the elephant have his way.
The elephant stood there for a moment with his bale of hay as the truck drove on.
Then he flapped his ears and grabbed some of the hay, tossing his spoils onto his back as if in celebration.
Finally, he shoved some hay in his mouth as traffic started passing by again.
No harm done — even if that shipment of hay is a little lighter.